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MiraCosta College Catalog


MiraCosta publishes a new catalog every year. The information published in the catalog is effective for the academic year beginning with the fall semester and concluding with the summer intersession. This catalog is effective Fall 2010 through Summer 2011.

A Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the entire catalog is available for download by selecting the PDF Version link above.

You can locate information in the catalog by selecting a specific category from the menu on the left, by using the A-Z Directory or Catalog Contents link above, or by entering a specific topic in the Search Catalog box.

Statement of Assurance

Every effort is made to ensure that the course information, applicable policies, and other materials presented in the MiraCosta College Catalog are accurate and current. In the event a correction or update is warranted, a catalog addendum will be published electronically and will be available for download as a PDF file.

Catalog Rights

The requirements for degrees, certificates, and general education may change during the time a student attends MiraCosta, and these changes are reflected in the catalog.

Catalog rights are established when a student first takes classes at MiraCosta, and they are maintained through continual enrollment at the college. These rights protect students from being held responsible for changes made to their academic programs in the years that follow their initial enrollment. To be considered continually enrolled, a student must have received a letter grade (including "W") for each semester. A one-semester leave, however, will not negate a student's continuing status.

The catalog used to determine graduation eligibility is the catalog operating at the time the student began continual enrollment at MiraCosta unless the student's petition requests a different catalog. The other catalogs that can be used to determine eligibility are catalogs in effect during the time the student has maintained continual enrollment at MiraCosta or the catalog in effect at the time the student files his or her petition to graduate. Students who need 6 or fewer units in order to satisfy all degree requirements may be evaluated under the original catalog that applied.